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Stricter Covid-19 Rules Introduced In Liverpool And North-East England

Stricter Covid-19 Rules Introduced In Liverpool And North-East England

The government has announced tighter Covid restrictions in Liverpool and North-East England.

Joanna Freedman

Joanna Freedman

The government has announced that stricter coronavirus regulations will now be in place across Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.

The new rules will officially ban households from mixing when in any indoor setting, including homes and restaurants.

Speaking in the House Of Commons on Thursday morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, said: "We recommend against all social-mixing between people in different households.

"We will bring in regulations, as we have in the North East, to prevent in law social mixing between people in different households in all settings except outdoor public spaces like parks and outdoor hospitality."

Liverpool is the latest city to be put under stricter measures (
PA)

He added: "We also recommend that people should not attend professional or amateur sporting events as spectators in the areas that are affected.

"We recommend that people only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances and there will be guidance against all but essential travel. Essential travel, of course, includes going to work or school."

The government will also be providing £7million of funding to local authorities in the region to enforce the measures.

Plus, the Health Secretary advised that people should not attend amateur sports events as spectators, only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances and adhere to guidance against all but essential travel.

It comes as the ban was announced across Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland last month.

Matt Hancock spoke in the House Of Commons (
BBC)

Matt Hancock added that he would be announcing no changes to measures in West Yorkshire, West Midlands, Leicester, Lancashire or the rest of Greater Manchester.

He said that he hoped the new restrictions would only be available for "as short a time as possible", after flattening the rise in cases in these areas.

Explaining the need for the new rules, he added "in some parts of the country, the virus is spreading fast," but that the cases were "highly localised," with recent restrictions already seeing a "positive impact".

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